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Act Utilitarianism - Medical Ethics Harootunian The Three Branches of Ethics Part 2 As I noted last time the philosophical study of ethics is

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Medical Ethics Harootunian 9/19/11 1 The Three Branches of Ethics Part 2 As I noted last time, the philosophical study of ethics is typically divided into three branches: 1) Normative Ethics a) Normative Ethics of Behavior (NEB) b) Axiology 2) Meta-Ethics 3) Applied Ethics Today, I will discuss axiology, the second branch of normative ethics. On Wednesday, I will discuss meta-ethics and applied ethics. Since we didn t finish discussing all of the material on the handout from the last class, today s handout is shorter than usual. b) Axiology Axiology’s Primary Question s of Focus: What makes something valuable ? What makes something good or bad ? What kinds of good and bad are there? Axiology seeks to identify the features or characteristics that make something good or bad . The object of evaluation in axiology is a state of affairs , or a possible world , or a human life , or a person’s character . A
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This note was uploaded on 11/07/2011 for the course PHIL 164 taught by Professor Doviak during the Fall '07 term at UMass (Amherst).

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